Fireplace Mantel Ideas

Fireplace Mantel Ideas

Do you need ideas on how to renovate and/or decorate your fireplace mantel? Visions of a cozy fire will begin to flicker as temperatures begin dropping with the arrival of fall. This means that your fireplace, including the mantel and surround, will attract much more attention than during summer months. Have you noticed that it may be time for a mantel makeover,...

Window Treatment Ideas

Think of window treatments as icing on the cake when it comes to decorating interior rooms of your home. From draperies and roman shades to blinds and plantation shutters, many options are available to dress the windows in your home. When designing a new home, consider both the placement of windows and window treatments during the design process to ensure that...

How to make your guest feel comfortable

Making Houseguests Feel at Home

Do you have guests on the way and want to find ways to make them feel at home? Here’s a quick list of ways to spruce up your guest quarters just in time for their arrival. Bedding Make sure your linens are freshly laundered and pillows are fluffed. Even linens that haven’t been slept on will need refreshing after a while....

Designing for Different Tastes

We've all heard the saying “opposites attract”, but how do opposing styles affect architectural and interior design choices? The challenge of blending contrasting styles under the same roof can prove overwhelming for many. Rarely will a couple have identical tastes, and often, the architect and/or designer evolves into a style counselor to facilitate the design process. Overcoming the obstacles of...

Picking Out Your Next Sofa…

....Do you know the lingo??? When it’s time to replace your old worn sofa, do you know where to start? Many factors can affect which sofa you choose, from style to frame construction and even upholstery choices. Below are a few tips to help you get started. First, know your budget and your "must-haves." Budget will inform options and prioritize choices, so...

Overcoming Color Fears

When you really want to transform your space, sometimes white and beige just won’t cut it. It may be time to adorn your walls with color. However, for some, adding color can be anxiety-producing, with many people not knowing where to to begin. For those of you who need a nudge in the right direction, here’s some advice and tips...

Lighting 101

When venturing out to your local hardware store or retailer in search for lighting, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the different types of light bulbs available for your home. From the traditional incandescent light bulbs to the newer LED options, there are a lot of choices when it comes to lighting your home. Light bulb packaging advertises a lot...

Are you Planning to
Design and Build a Mountain Home?

We have compiled a series of free guides with the best information for designing a mountain home. We've written about our insight as mountain home architects about how to create a personalized and heartfelt home. We offer expert advice about topics like building on steep slopes, mountain home building costs, and building homes for the mountain weather.